Monthly Archives:December 2016

  • LESSONS I LEARNED FROM FITTING MY OWN KITCHEN

    Yes, I did it! I fitted my own kitchen:

    My Kitchen!

    This was fitted a few years ago in my current home. It took me a VERY long time to do! But I’m really proud of the fact that

    1. I did it!
    2. I know HOW to do it now, and have the skills for tiling, cabinet fitting, plumbing etc
    3. I know what I’d do differently if I did it again
    4. I feel much more confident about what you need to know when fitting a kitchen! Even if I don’t do it again myself, I know what questions to ask and what problems need to be solved.

    So what should you bear in mind when fitting your own kitchen?

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  • 12 SHAWLS IN 2016 – CAN I DO IT?

    Shawl 11 of 2016

    I’m dying to get moved and stuck into big house projects!¬†There are a few more weeks to go yet! Creatively, this year I’ve mainly contented myself with a knitting challenge. I chose ‘knit 12 shawls in a year’ which is a challenge offered by the Ravelry group 12 shawls forever. Every year anyone who is up for the challenge can join up, and there are monthly and annual prizes to keep you motivated.

    If you are a knitter or crocheter, and haven’t found Ravelry yet, check it out! It’s Facebook for crafters, and will blow your mind.

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  • HOW TO ORGANIZE A MAGAZINE COLLECTION

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    So who out there has a magazine collection? Mine is possibly the largest in the World*. I’m currently packing it up for moving:

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  • KNIT YOUR OWN BAUBLES!

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    A few years ago I started the tradition of knitting Christmas ornaments as gifts for some family and friends. They are really quick and easy to do, and add a bit of character to any Christmas tree!

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  • WHAT’S A WIP?

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    WIP stands for work in progress, and any crafter generally has a few of those on the go! This is my current one:

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  • THE IKEA RAST – WHAT DOES YOURS LOOK LIKE?

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    A lot of us have a faithful Ikea Rast chest of drawers somewhere in their house. I have 3! 2 of them still look pretty much as they did on purchase:

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    I have big plans for these, and the other unpainted pine furniture I own, when I move next year and can get stuck into some new room schemes. But one of them has been given a makeover, and it looks like this:

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  • A HISTORY OF HOMES

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    My first home!

    As I prepare to move house, together with the huge amount of possessions I’ve accumulated over the years, I thought it would be fun to show you the stops along the way to where I am now!

    My first home purchase was a one bedroom modern basement flat in Glasgow, bought in 1995. It had absolutely no architectural features and storage heaters. I LOVED it. It was my own place in the city centre, I was 21, and it was basically furnished with my first credit card and several trips to Argos, Next and MFI. This was in the pre digital age. The estate agents details had an actual printed photo of the front of the building stuck to the front page:

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